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Ex-Liberian president Sirleaf, others for Kwara’s gender confab


Kwara State Government will today hold its 1st Annual Gender Equality Conference.

Prominent gender rights advocates, diplomats and policy leaders drawn from across the ECOWAS sub-region and beyond are scheduled to speak, a statement said yesterday.

It added that the conference will be hosted by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and his wife, Dr. Olufolake AbdulRazaq.

The statement said the conference with the theme: ‘Galvanising the Will to Take Actions on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment’, will feature speakers like former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, United Nations Deputy Secretary- General Amina Mohammed and Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen.

It said the conference, which is a webinar, will be broadcast live on the state-owned Radio Kwara (Midland FM 99.1) and across the state government’s social media handles, as well as on Nigeria’s only Women Radio (91.7FM).

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The Senior Special Assistant to Kwara State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim, whose office is organising the conference, listed the speakers to include the UN Women Representative to Nigeria/ECOWAS, Ms Comfort Lamptey; ECOWAS Parliament Speaker Tunis Sidie; Ekiti State governor’s wife and frontline gender advocate Erelu Bisi Fayemi; and Sokoto State governor’s wife and leading gender rights campaigner Hajiyah Maryam Tambuwal.

Other speakers are Deputy Head of Mission of Sweden to Nigeria Ms Anna Rääs and World Bank Country Director (Nigeria) Shubham Chaudhuri.

The conference will feature a high-level discussion geared towards shaping actions and policies to improve outcomes for women in the West African sub-region, the statement said.

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